Rush Limbaugh Buys Belinda the Jeweler a Car to Beat Post-Election Blues
November 5, 2008In the days leading up to the presidential election, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh fielded calls from listeners concerned about an Obama administration, including one Texas woman who he thought sounded under the weather.
“Have you heard of Zicam?” Limbaugh asked. “I would go out and get some and swab your nose. I’ll tell you what else I am going to do. I’m going to send you a copy of Vince Flynn’s latest novel.
“In addition to Vince Flynn’s latest novel, I’m going to buy you a car,” he added.
“I thought he was kidding at first,” Belinda Davis told CNSNews.com, “talking about (President-elect Barack) Obama and how he will take everything away, so he would give me a car and Obama could take it away.”
But days later, Davis was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe, courtesy of Limbaugh, whose only conditions for giving her the car was that she try his recommended cold medication and that the car be made by General Motors.
“It was on a whim,” Limbaugh told CNSNews.com. “She sounded so tired, distraught, and frightened about her and her husband's business future with an Obama victory.
“I just wanted to brighten her day, keep her inspired and ‘in the game,’” he said. “We will need people like Belinda Davis to keep the country moving.”
Davis, who runs a small jewelry business with her husband in Kerrville, Texas, said she called Limbaugh on Oct. 28 to complain about Hollywood celebrities getting so much attention during the election season while everyday working folks like her and her husband were ignored.
“You actually just going out and doing it yourself, not depending on anything else or anyone else,” Davis said. “You know, we just take such pride in what we do, and every time we’re always commented on that we have original stuff. And that’s what keeps us going.
“We have lived month to month, you know, fairly decently,” she said. “But, you know, it’s again that we work hard. I don’t want somebody coming in and saying ‘You worked so hard, but it doesn’t matter. We’re going to redistribute with your money.’”
Frank Mousser, general sales manager at Cecil Atkission Motors in Kerrville, got a call from a friend in California telling him about Davis’ call to Limbaugh. Mousser’s brother-in-law in North Carolina called next.
Then Belinda and David Davis showed up at the dealership.
“They just walked on the lot and told one of our salesmen that Rush was buying them a car,” Mousser said.
The Davises settled on a black 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe, with a price tag slightly less than the Chevrolet Suburban she also was eyeing.
“With everything, it still added up to $58,000,” Mousser said, adding that Limbaugh also paid tax, title and licensing fees for the vehicle.
Limbaugh’s generosity to Davis also helped another small business, which gave her the car even before it was confirmed that Limbaugh would pick up the tab.
“We’re a small-town shop,” Mousser said. “We do a lot of deals with a handshake.”
As it turns out, Limbaugh’s gift couldn’t have come at a better time. The Davis’ car needed a new transmission.
“I wake up every morning pinching myself,” Davis said. “It’s so unreal, to see this new vehicle and what it’s going to do for us.”
Mousser, meanwhile, is also happy about the deal.
“It was very smooth,” said Mousser, who said Limbaugh’s company wired him the money for the car. “I wish we could do all our transactions that way.”